The first edition of World Refrigeration Day is scheduled to take place on 26 June 2019 to celebrate the success and technological progress of the refrigeration sector. The initiative is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and numerous associations and leading companies of the sector have assured their participation.

The date was chosen to honour the birth of William Thomson, also known as Lord Kelvin, who, besides creating the temperature scale, also proposed the first heat pump refrigeration cycle. The 26 June of each year will be the opportunity to reflect and contribute to a greater responsibility for the public on the essential role of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, in multiple aspects of daily life.

Epta contributes to celebrating this special day by participating in two initiatives, in Italy and Spain.  

Francesco Mastrapasqua, Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs Manager of Epta, will talk at the meeting promoted by the Centro Studi Galileo and by the Associazione dei Tecnici Italiani del Freddo. He will present the state of the art tecnologies in Europe providing an update on the measures imposed by the F-Gas Regulation and on community environmental policies. He will also chart the route of future refrigeration, with a focus on the Ecodesign energy classification, which the European Commission will introduce in 2021. The conference will also be the opportunity for an in-depth examination on the solutions offered by Epta Group in favour of sustainability, and the FTE system stands out among these. This innovative technology is part of the Life C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration funded by the EU, which aims to demonstrate that it is possible to completely replace HCFC and HFC with CO2 refrigerant, in any climate or market condition.

In Spain, the meeting is in Madrid with Día Mundial de la Refrigeración. Epta Iberia will sponsor this event organised by Asociación de Empresas de Frío y sus Tecnologías (AEFYT), by Asociación de Fabricantes de Equipos de Climatización (AFAC) and by Asociación de Fabricantes Andaluces de Refrigeración. The event includes the participation of leading representatives of the Iberian sector who will discuss themes like the centrality of refrigeration in society, the challenges and the goals posed by the environmentally friendly turning point of the sector.

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Epta will once again be Gold Sponsor of ATMO Europe, a key event dedicated to the most recent innovations in the natural refrigeration sector, on 16 and 17 October in Warsaw, Poland. During an intense two-day event to facilitate networking opportunities, HVAC&R technology producers and end users will take to the stages of the plenary and parallel sessions and have the opportunity to share success stories and best-practice, explore market trends and future challenges.

It will also be an opportunity for Epta to present the LIFE C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration project in Central Europe. The project is financed by the European Union under grant agreement LIFE 17 CCM/IT/000120. The star of the three-year long initiative (2018-2020) will be FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency, which exceeds current limits of transcritical technology and has been identified by the EU as worthy of special attention thanks to its efficiency, because it allows to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional systems.

Furthermore, Gernot Lasser, Epta Telemonitoring Development and Maintenance Manager, will give a talk illustrating data collected from installations how to obtain, in any climate condition, the best energy efficiency from the synergy between all the elements which make up a modern refrigeration system powered by CO2 exploiting IoT Technology based monitoring systems.

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Epta is among the winners of the prestigious award promoted by Deloitte dedicated to companies, which in 2018 have achieved outstanding financial and leadership performance in their sector. In its second Italian edition, the Best Managed Companies was set up in Canada in 1993 and since then more than 1,200 companies have been awarded, making it a real “quality brand” exported in more than 10 countries worldwide. The initiative was carried out with the scientific support of ALTIS Catholic University and the support of Assolombarda and ELITE, the London Stock Exchange Group programme.

The Award, presented during a closed-doors ceremony on Tuesday 28 May in Palazzo Mezzanotte, the prestigious headquarters of the Italian Stock Exchange, is open to all Companies with registered office in Italy and a turnover that exceeds €10 million. After a first screening, the applications considered suitable were assessed by an independent jury of leading representatives of the academic, entrepreneurial and corporate sector, who analysed the 2018 performance and declared Epta one of the Best Managed Companies of Italy 2019.

The purpose of the initiative is to create a stimulation process to foster the continuous improvement of winners and, at the same time, gather best practices which are an example for all Companies of Italy. Entrepreneurial passion, flexibility and ability in managing all areas are what drives the Italian economic system and Epta is perfectly in line with the four success factors identified by Deloitte: Strategy, Expertise and Innovation, Commitment and business culture, Governance and Performance Measurement.

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Kysor Warren Epta US Corp at its first ATMOsphere America


Kysor Warren Epta US Corp will debut as Platinum Sponsor at ATMOsphere America, now in its 8th edition, which will be held from 17 to 18 June in Atlanta, Georgia. A prestigious setting to share the latest technologies dedicated to natural refrigeration and explore the global trends with experts, policy makers and end users.


The first day will see the interview with Damon Wayatt, General Manager of Kysor Warren that will be the opportunity to present Kysor Warren Epta US Corp, resulting from the union of Epta and Kysor Warren. This new business merges the reliability and experience of Kysor Warren on the North American market, gained in over 135 years of history, with the innovative drive of Epta. The know-how capitalised by the Group in the development of natural refrigeration systems, will further strengthen the Kysor Warren brand, whilst promoting an even greater sustainable approach.


On the second day, Ignacio Chaparro, Mechanical Engineer of Kysor Warren will present Mexico's first transcritical system at Casa Ley grocery store chain and John Austin-Davies, a leading expert in the world of natural refrigeration and former Marketing Project Director of Epta Group, will introduce the FTE (Full Transcritical Efficiency) technology to the American public, with a speech entitled: “FTE in the US, who wants to be the first?” This system, already highly appreciated throughout Europe and in other areas of the world, for its simplicity and elevated performance in any climatic condition, presents itself as the transition engine towards natural CO2 systems in the vast North American territory.

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Epta at TUTTOFOOD: excellence is served


Epta, with its Iarp brand, is participating at the TUTTOFOOD trade fair (Pavilion 4 TUTTODRINK – Stand T26-T28), an international Food&Bev event organised in conjunction with Seeds&Chips from 6 to 9 May at Rho Fiera Milan. With visitors from 141 countries, in only six editions TUTTOFOOD has established itself as a landmark event in the sector, and as the fastest-growing exhibition on the European scene.


There are two souls in the Epta stand, corresponding to the same number of themed areas, which are enhanced by ad hoc settings: the first is dedicated to the Ho.Re.Ca. and Food&Bev world, and the second to wine bars and pubs. The starring role goes to the Iarp Cool Emotions family, a complete range of plug-in cabinets with high tech shapes that stand out for their LED lighting on the outer profiles and, thanks to the large number of solutions that make up the collection, guarantee the creation of venues with coordinated aesthetics.

Several innovations will be presented, among which the Glee 45 IoT vertical freezer cabinet for packaged ice cream stands out, enhanced as it is by IoT functionality to monitor the cabinet remotely. IoT technology is based on the analysis of the parameters of the cabinets and is used for managing alarms and ensuring predictive diagnostics and timely interventions for maximum energy efficiency and optimal operation. It also provides tailor-made reports and interesting data regarding the sales performance of the counter.


Also worthy of note is the brand-new semi-vertical Joy open 30 Smart Screen, which is equipped with a frontal eye-level LCD screen to display advertising contents and captivating, effective campaigns, making it an extremely interactive plug-in that is able to engage customers actively and improve their shopping experience.

Also proudly on the stand are Excite and Super Excite, compact counters for ice cream that can be positioned on top of the shop counter, and the horizontal glass unit for bulk ice cream, Delight 13, designed to guarantee shops the opportunity to display an even broader offer, with no fewer than 13 trays.


In the section dedicated to pubs and wine bars, the references are showcased by the Iarp Rugiada Wine&Beer solution, a vertical glass plug-in unit with a sleek and compact design that ensures the greatest visibility of wine bottles and craft beers, which can be displayed either vertically or horizontally, and excellent preservation. A solution that combines attention to detail with the greatest customisation, as is evidenced by the choice of the Wood aesthetic.

Customisation is the watchword for all the cabinets on display in the stand: thanks to innovative digital printing directly onto sheet metal, Iarp is able to respond rapidly to all needs, and make every shop unique and original.


Epta will also be present at Seeds&Chips together with its partner Sirap, to present a new project that has arisen from the collaboration between the two brands.

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Epta and Sirapone of the most qualified producers of containers for fresh food in Europe – are renewing their collaboration and participating in the 5th Italian edition of Seeds & Chips, The Global Food Innovation Summit to present a project aimed at promoting a healthy, balanced and sustainable diet.


The event, which is scheduled from 6 to 9 May in Milan in conjunction with TUTTOFOOD, takes up the legacy of Expo 2015 and is proposed as a privileged stage for an international encounter on themes such as food security, food safety and the struggle against food waste, and to reflect on the future of the agri-food system. These are the main themes that will stimulate the debate and will see the involvement of authoritative representatives from around the world. The keynote speakers include the actor Alec Baldwin, who is actively involved in campaigns in favour of the environment, Kerry Kennedy President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, José Graziano da Silva Director General of the FAO and SAR Principessa Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme, supporter of young farmers in developing countries.


In the Forum, Epta and Sirap will propose a speech by Victor Lopes Mascarenhas, Product Innovation Manager of Sirap Group, who will address those present on Wednesday 8 May with a contribution dedicated to the centrality of innovation and research as fundamental levers for the development of sustainable solutions that contribute towards improving food quality, taking the new system that arose from the collaboration between Epta and Sirap as an example.


The combination of reducing the carbon footprint and conscious nutrition will be the fil-rouge within the exhibition section, which will see the spotlights trained on the London Meal vending machine from the Iarp City Collection. This solution has been especially studied by Epta and Sirap to offer customers of shopping centres and users of public facilities, hospitals and common areas a balanced, tasty meal, complete with the beverage of their choice. The strong point of the new distributor is the maximum attention paid to the environment, thanks to the choice of propane - a natural, low-impact refrigerant - and Sirap Meal8 packaging, which consists of different modules to optimise expiry dates according to the type of food, and hence reduce food waste.


Seeds & Chips will also feature other leading Iarp brand solutions, such as the New York Chef vending machine from the Iarp City Collection designed to promote the sale of single-portion frozen ready meals, from soups to baked pasta, to be eaten during lunch breaks. Lastly, the plug-in semi-vertical Joy open for beverages from the Iarp Cool Emotions range, which combines high-tech aesthetics characterised by square shapes and special LED lighting on the outer profiles with the extreme customisation guaranteed by innovative digital printing directly onto the sheet metal, a distinguishing feature of all Iarp solutions.

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Il Gruppo Epta alla scoperta di nuovi talenti


A conferma della centralità delle persone, pilastro per l’Azienda per raggiungere i propri ambiziosi obiettivi, Epta partecipa al Career Day del Politecnico di Torino, in programma per l’11 aprile e al Career Day del Politecnico di Milano del 14 maggio.


Si tratta di interessanti opportunità di confronto tra Aziende, studenti e neolaureati dei Dipartimenti di Ingegneria, organizzate per incentivare l’ingresso dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro. Questi eventi si configurano, inoltre, come un importante momento di incontro per le Imprese, che avranno la possibilità di far conoscere la propria realtà ai nuovi potenziali candidati.


Epta aderisce al progetto per presentare le posizioni aperte nelle sue sedi italiane ed estere. La partecipazione di Epta si inserisce all’interno di un panorama più vasto di iniziative, che ha visto il Gruppo già protagonista di altri format simili, come il 1° e 2° Forum de l’Emploi in Francia, il Networking Forum del MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business, la seconda edizione del Career Day dell’Istituto d’Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD) in Italia e IOLAVORO Alessandria, presso il Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione tecnologica dell’Università del Piemonte Orientale DiSIT.

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Epta presents the LIFE C4R project at the 8th Conference of the International Institute of Refrigeration


Epta is sponsoring the 8th edition of the Conference dedicated to cold technologies organised by the International Institute of Refrigeration and scheduled from 11 to 13 April in Ohrid, Macedonia. The main focus of the event will be a comparative analysis of the global growth in the use of natural refrigerants such as R744 and ammonia.


Taking part in the event will be Maurizio Orlandi, Epta Innovation Centre Manager and Helene Bigaran, Epta System Engineer, while Stefano Trabucchi, Innovation Centre Engineer, will take to the floor to address the session dedicated to CO2 refrigeration, with a speech that will examine success stories relating to the optimisation of transcritical water loop technology for freezer cabinets, guaranteeing excellent performance.


The conference will also be an opportunity for Epta to present the Life C4R – Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration - project, featuring FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency, to the expert audience. This initiative, funded by the European Union in accordance with grant agreement no. LIFE 17 CCM/IT/000120, is aimed at defining a new standard for natural refrigeration in the Retail environment. The project intends to demonstrate that it is possible to completely replace HCFCs and HFCs with CO2-based refrigerantsin any climatic or market conditions. In addition to the development of C4R technologies based on laboratory tests carried out by EPTA, the plan for the two-year period 2018-2020 also envisages the installation of two pilot prototypes to be trialled at the premises of end users in Italy and at least four replicas in Romania, Spain and the rest of the EU, for the purpose of validating the performance of FTE, for an expected result of 15% in terms of energy savings, compared to a standard CO2 booster plant.


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